Summer Green Smoothie Challenge

Routine is liberating, it makes you feel in control.” ― Carol Shields On the eve of August you may find yourself scratching your head wondering how you are going to savor the remaining days of summer. I know that one of the things that I will be sad to say goodbye to – is summer … More Summer Green Smoothie Challenge

Vegetable Herbed Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing – Fresh and Versatile

“I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.” ― Oprah Winfrey It has been a challenging summer on many levels. Not only has the weather been cool in the U.P. of Michigan, but I have been facing many personal stresses. Unfortunately, I have allowed myself to make excuses and … More Vegetable Herbed Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing – Fresh and Versatile

Zucchini Noodle Soup

“Happiness must be grown in one’s own garden. ”  ― Mary Engelbreit The topic of last week’s Weight Watchers meeting was one after my own heart — “The Power of Produce”. My mom always tells me that she knew when I was growing up that I would become a vegetarian one day, because fruit and … More Zucchini Noodle Soup

Plant-Based Chocolate Mint Shake with Coconut

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” ― Joanne Harris, “Chocolat” July marks my seventh anniversary of reaching Lifetime status with Weight Watchers and August is also my seventh anniversary of becoming a Weight Watchers leader. When I look back and reflect on my journey, I realize that … More Plant-Based Chocolate Mint Shake with Coconut

Cherry BBQ Salad with Nectarine, Avocado, Sweet Potato, Basil, & Tempeh

“There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair.” – Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca) It has been a cool summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and my garden has not been doing well. I kept things simple this year and have six tomato plants, … More Cherry BBQ Salad with Nectarine, Avocado, Sweet Potato, Basil, & Tempeh